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Greens launch women’s policy: $5.3billion to end epidemic of domestic violence

Larissa Waters 8 Mar 2019

The Greens have today announced their plan for equality for women which includes $5.3billion over 10 years to more adequately address the epidemic of family and domestic violence.

“The comprehensive suite of initiatives, designed to ensure women are safe, valued and treated as equals in private and public life, show the scale of work that needs to be done level the playing field for Australian women and girls,” Greens spokesperson for women Senator Larissa Waters said.

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Sexism almost everywhere most Australians believe

Larissa Waters 19 Jan 2016

Polling by Essential Research, out today, shows most Australians believe sexism and discrimination against women are widespread.

“Clearly Australians are witnessing and experiencing sexism firsthand and in public arenas,” Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens Deputy Leader and spokesperson for women, said.

“Despite women outnumbering men as university graduates, Australians believe men are more respected in a range of professions

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Government must boost legal assistance to tackle family violence

Federal cuts to legal assistance funding will undermine efforts to tackle domestic violence, say the Australian Greens.

Legal assistance and domestic violence are two separate agenda items for tomorrow's Law, Crime and Community Safety Council Meeting, but the Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright says they should be addressed together.

"If the Government is really genuine about addressing domestic violence, they need to fund the services out there helping people to understand their legal options and act on them," Senator Wright said.

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More women on boards = better performance. It’s time for government to get on board.

Larissa Waters 23 Apr 2015

With new analysis showing ASX200 companies with more women on their boards outperform those with less or none, the Australian Greens are calling for government to get on board.

Launching the Infinitas and Centre for Gender Economics and Innovation Gender Index in Sydney today, Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for women, said:

"Today's analysis shows more women on boards are not only good for gender equality but also for business.

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Legal aid reversal welcome, but just the start

Australian Greens spokesperson for legal affairs Senator Penny Wright says the Government should not stop at reversing cuts to the legal assistance sector, but look at increasing funding in the upcoming budget.

"Legal assistance services were operating on a shoe-string budget before the Attorney-General's cuts," Senator Wright said.

"Today's policy reversal is extremely welcome, but this should only be the beginning. The Productivity Commission's recent report said $200 million more was required just to address urgent need."

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Paid domestic violence leave overdue

Larissa Waters 25 Nov 2013

The Australian Greens congratulate the ACTU for calling for paid domestic violence leave on White Ribbon Day today.

"It's a national tragedy that one women is killed every week in Australia by a current or former partner and that one in three Australian women over the age of 15 reports having experienced physical or sexual violence at some time in their lives," Senator Larissa Waters, Australian Greens spokesperson for Women, said.

"These are appalling statistics and must be addressed urgently.

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